He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. (Isaiah 51:3)

No matter what kind of desert or wasteland you may be facing today, whether it is in your professional or your personal life, the grace God has poured out upon you will turn your wasteland into a wonderland in His perfect time and in His perfect way. May this truth set you free to be all God is calling you to be!

All too often we see nothing before us but a great and terrible and seemingly endless wasteland. It seems as if all the world is against us, whether in sickness, sorrow, or storm winds of trial that continually blow our way. We believe we are surrounded by the sands of struggle and the unbearable heat of unholiness, and there is no oasis in sight. We feel as if we are stuck in the middle of the Sahara Desert with no way out but up. And that is exactly when our God has promised to show up and turn our wasteland into a wonderland! Our God will give us the necessary grace to get through every wasteland race.

Beloved, Scripture likens Jesus to the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys (Song of Solomon 2:1). The rose is considered to be the most beautiful and perfect of all flowers, and the same is true of our Lord Jesus. He is perfect in His nature. He is perfect in His disposition. He is perfect in His personality. He is perfect in His character. When God gave you Jesus as Lord and Savior, He turned your wasteland into a wonderland forevermore, making all things new . . . including you! This promised paradise is your unending Eden, and it can never be taken away from you.

So regardless of where this message finds you today, fix your vision not upon your circumstances but on your Christ. See the wonder of His beauty and the witness of His majesty. Know that He has promised to deliver you from every scorching sun and sea of sand. Look closely at your Christ and see the pool of clear, life-giving water that lies ahead. It is not a mirage. It is your Master calling you to come, drink, and be refreshed for the journey ahead.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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